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May 4, 2005


---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Tue, 3 May 2005 13:45:12 -0700
From: Joel Weishaus <weishaus@pdx.edu>
To: Alan Sondheim <sondheim@panix.com>
Subject: Fw: Oregon Literary Review

From: Charles Deemer <cdeemer@yahoo.com>
Date: Mon May 2, 2005 10:54:07 US/Pacific

Subject: Oregon Literary Review

Please help us spread the word. A flier with the copy
below and screenshot is attached for your convenience.
We accept work from throughout the country and around
the world.

Many thanks, Charles Deemer, Editor, Oregon Literary
Review



Oregon Literary Review is accepting submissions for
its first issue, scheduled for January, 2006.
Submission guidelines are available at
http://www.oregonliteraryreview.org.

OLR is an electronic journal, an online collection of
literature, hypertext, art, music and hypermedia.
Although we publish traditional forms, we especially
welcome work not often found in print journals, such
as stage plays and screenplays, and work uncomfortable
or impossible in print, such as hypertext, music,
hypermedia and longer traditional forms. New issues of
OLR will appear online each January and July and be
archived on CD-ROM.

The founding publisher-editor of Oregon Literary
Review is Charles Deemer. Best known as a playwright
("Christmas at the Juniper Tavern," "Chateau de Mort,
or Murder in the Pittock Mansion") and for his
pioneering work in hyperdrama ("The Seagull
Hyperdrama"), Deemer is the former editor of Sweet
Reason: a journal of ideas, history and culture. He is
a three-time finalist for the Oregon Book Award in
Drama. He teaches screenwriting at Portland State
University.

Support staff includes Primus St. John (Poetry
Editor), John D. Nugent (Music Editor) and Jeremiah
Rickert (Asst. Editor).

For more information, see the OLR website or contact
Deemer directly at charles@oregonliteraryreview.org.



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Editor, Oregon Literary Review
http://www.oregonliteraryreview.org

Blog
http://cdeemer.blogspot.com




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             Oregon
             Literary
             Review
             Vol. 1, No. 1


                   "Open for business"




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                   Oregon Literary Review is accepting submissions for its first issue, scheduled for January, 2006. Submission guidelines are available at http://www.oregonliteraryreview.org.




                   OLR is an electronic journal, an online collection of literature, hypertext, art, music and hypermedia. Although we publish traditional forms, we especially welcome work not often found in print journals, such as stage plays and screenplays, and work uncomfortable or impossible in print, such as hypertext, music, hypermedia and longer traditional forms. New issues of OLR will appear online each January and July and be archived on CD-ROM.

                   The founding publisher-editor of Oregon Literary Review is Charles Deemer. Best known as a playwright ("Christmas at the Juniper Tavern," "Chateau de Mort, or Murder in the Pittock Mansion") and for his pioneering work in hyperdrama ("The Seagull Hyperdrama"), Deemer is the former editor of Sweet Reason: a journal of ideas, history and culture. He is a three-time finalist for the Oregon Book Award in Drama. He teaches screenwriting at Portland State University.

                   Support staff includes Primus St. John (Poetry Editor), John D. Nugent (Music Editor) and Jeremiah Rickert (Asst. Editor).

                   For more information, see the OLR website or contact Deemer directly at charles@oregonliteraryreview.org.








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Collapse


When the wave-function collapses as a result of measurement, a quantum
state results, for example cat-lives | cat-dies. What was entangled sud-
denly takes itself elsewhere, to a value in the everyday world, a value
that affects us, an effect. Knowledge unmoving, but knowledge given across
solar systems, galaxies! What happens if an alien intelligence measures a
pale - look, the experiment's hijacked! But we don't know this, we're
doing, what, measuring away here, but we're the second? Meanwhile else-
where, an observer watches... nothing... Disappointment! The experiment
has failed! He makes a phone-call; it takes hours! What then? Perhaps the
alien is just... barely conscious... on the order of a gastropod... a
paramecium... Something just nudges the apparatus, perhaps not even paying
attention... Perhaps it sends a signal back to us! Yes, well-done! A
signal hijacked from the other observer! Wait, it gets worse! It's not
conscious at all, just a pebble! Something falls, but since it's almost
gravity-free, a level has become loose, perhaps the rockets... It slides
slightly, what then? The button is pushed, we get a signal, the elsewhere
observer gets nothing, we don't know we've gotten a signal, we've gotten
nothing, we think we've gotten nothing, we think the other observer gets
the other state, a different state - wait a minute, there's no response...
We're on earth, a sunny day, we're waiting here, or circling the earth,
replete with waves, acoustic, electromagnetic, the space-station shudders,
the sun shortly disappears behind the earth atmosphere, just for a minute
or two, a please twilight, my mind goes back to a walk in an Appalachian
forest, somewhere in Virginia, we're holding hands, now she's so far away,
elsewhere with her measuring, waiting, nothing is happening, did he forget
me? I'm on the station, memory collapses, wait, I'll measure now, the
first, just as I'm supposed to! A clean value, if yes here, no there, and
if no there, yes here! But I hear nothing! Still, the situation seems
clear enough, isn't it? A cliff, collapse, is produced, big entropy
change, memories disperse, I'm focused now, waiting for her response!
Nothing ever comes, the alien, slug, paramecium, lever, shuffles along,
walks away, flies out, shifts, it doesn't matter. Has the world split? Of
course not! It's the same old world! Think of the economy of multiple
universes! But then in quantum cosmology, value's elsewhere, hardly
calculated, split, split, and no split, it can go on forever...

Analog has moved to digital value, but where? Why? From whom? At what
cost? Just how exact? Perhaps there's an error, perhaps there's a leak, a
short-circuit, an alien...


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---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Wed, 04 May 2005 16:40:58 -0700
From: "Ben Brandzel, MoveOn PAC" <moveon-help@list.moveon.org>
To: Alan Sondheim <sondheim@panix.com>
Subject: Robertson: judges worse than 9/11 terrorists

Dear MoveOn member,

On Sunday morning, Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson told TV
viewers nation-wide that the threat posed by liberal judges is "probably
more serious than a few bearded terrorists who fly into buildings." When
an incredulous George Stephanopoulos asked if Robertson really believed that these
judges posed "the most serious threat America has faced in nearly 400
years of history, more serious than al Qaeda, more serious than Nazi
Germany and Japan, more serious than the Civil War?," he responded,
"George, I really believe that." [1]

These comments were not made in isolation. In fact, Robertson's statement
is only the most outrageous example of a growing effort from the extreme
right to whip up an intense fear and hatred of American judges--including
comments from Republican congressmen and senators intimidating, threatening and even
justifying outright violence against judges. [2] The strategy is designed
to build support for the Republican "nuclear" scheme to break the rules
and stack the courts--and it is poisonous to our democracy. It must stop here.

That's why we are launching a national petition demanding that Bill Frist
and Tom DeLay publicly reject Robertson's statement. If they do, it will
send a clear signal that this type of dangerous incitement against
officers of the law is not welcome in our democracy. And if they don't, it
will send an equally clear signal about how far they are willing to go.
Please sign today:

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We're simultaneously launching a new TV ad--if you contribute today we
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The TV spot--which we put together overnight--simply quotes Robertson
attacking American judges while mocking the September 11 tragedy and
asks if Bill Frist and Tom DeLay will do the right thing and reject these
outrageous comments. The ad will get our message out on the airwaves, and
give the news media another chance to give this scandal the coverage it
deserves. If we combine the new ad with a successful petition drive, we
can have a huge impact. We'll deliver the petition to Frist's office as
soon as he's back in Washington next week, and he won't be able to miss
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Former Vice-President Al Gore summarized this disturbing strategy of
judicial hate mongering in a recent address to MoveOn members. Here are
some of the incidents he covered:

 	The Republican leader of the House of Representatives responded to rulings
 	in the Terri Schiavo case, by saying ominously: "The time will come for
 	the men responsible for this to pay for their behavior." [3]

 	In previous remarks on the subject, DeLay has said, "Judges need to be
 	intimidated," adding that if they don't behave, "we're going to go after
 	them in a big way." [4]

 	A Republican Senator from Texas directly connected the "spate of
 	courthouse violence lately" to his view that unpopular decisions might be
 	the explanation. "I wonder whether there may be some connection between
 	the perception in some quarters on some occasions where judges are making
 	political decisions, yet are unaccountable to the public, that it builds
 	and builds to the point where some people engage in violence." [5]

 	The Chief of Staff for another Republican senator called for "mass
 	impeachment" by using the bizarre right-wing theory that the president can
 	declare that any judge is no longer exhibiting "good behavior," adding
 	that, "then the judge's term has simply come to an end. The President
 	gives them a call and says: Clean out your desk. The Capitol police will
 	be in to help you find your way home.'" [6]

 	Tony Perkins, leader of the Family Research Council, who hosted a speech
 	by the Senate Majority Leader last Sunday has said, "There's more than one
 	way to skin a cat, and there's more than one way to take a black robe off
 	the bench." [7]

 	James Dobson who heads Focus on the Family focused his anger on the 9th
 	circuit court of appeals: "Very few people know this, that the Congress
 	can simply disenfranchise a court. They don't have to fire anybody or
 	impeach them or go through that battle. All they have to do is say the 9th
 	circuit doesn't exist anymore, and it's gone." [8]

 	Edwin Vieira (at the "Confronting the Judicial War on Faith" conference)
 	said his "bottom line" for dealing with the Supreme Court comes from
 	Stalin: "He had a slogan, and it worked very well for him whenever he ran
 	into difficulty: 'no man, no problem.'" [9]

This pattern of intimidation against America's judges is scary and deeply
un-American. It will continue to worsen as long as leaders like Frist and
DeLay think their side can score political points by pandering to the
fringe and embracing hate speech. When Pat Robertson goes on national
television to say that American judges are a worse threat than the civil
war, the Nazis and Al Qaeda, they must know their reckless game has
crossed the line.

It's time to put our democracy before any party's quest for power--and it
begins by rejecting Pat Robertson.

Please sign today.

http://www.moveonpac.org/robertson/?id=5494-1083850-eDNo6y0D5EuLD_iewH00yQ&t=11

Thanks for all that you do.

--Ben, Joan, Micayla, Jennifer and the MoveOn PAC Team
   Wednesday, May 4th, 2005

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     http://www.moveon.org/r?r=721

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[3] http://www.moveon.org/r?r=714

[4] http://www.moveon.org/r?r=716

[5] http://www.moveon.org/r?r=713

[6] http://www.moveon.org/r?r=717

[7] http://www.moveon.org/r?r=718

[8] http://www.moveon.org/r?r=712

[9] http://www.moveon.org/r?r=711

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